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*Reclaim provided a quart of Nantucket paint color and compensated me for this review.
I have had my desk for a near 4 1/2 years. I loved having the desk. It was everything I needed in a piece of furniture. I was able to write, store my papers, and hold all my dozens of books. Dozens and Dozens of books.
When I first bought it, I absolutely loved the dark brown, almost leather looking desk top, but didn’t like the natural wood color, so I painted it brown with spray paint. I thought it was gorgeous when I was done. I didn’t do anything else to it. Again…this was 4 1/2 years ago.
Lately I have been really interested in fixing up my room. It just felt to plain and needed to feel more like a retreat for me. Something I loved walking into. That is when I decided to make my Barn Wood Headboard. Once that was completed, I really began to overhaul my room. I bought some high quality white sheets, a white duvet and silver curtains for a bargain, and then I began looking at my desk. I was no longer in love with the color. It was to dark. It made my room feel small. It was no longer my taste or style.
I started looking for the perfect paint color, and that is where I found Reclaim Beyond Paint. I absolutely fell in love with their Nantucket color. I contacted them and quickly heard back. They gave me some valuable information of how to paint my piece of furniture. They told me that not only was this paint was perfect for furniture (or basically anything), they told me I didn’t have to sand, strip, or prime my desk. The paint was also self-leveling, so you wouldn’t see brush marks or roller marks. (BRILLIANT) I knew it was the paint I wanted. I mean, easy application is right up my alley.
*Be sure to check your local hardware stores to see if they carry Reclaim Paint!
How to Refinish Your Desk with Reclaim Paint
I had to quickly snap a “before” picture, because I know you all would be dying to see what my desk looked like before the amazing transformation. *winks*
What you need:
- Reclaim Paint (They provide you with the tools!)
- A drop cloth
- Painters tape
Step 1: Be sure to clean out all your drawers and shelves (simple, right?)
Step 2: Remove all the desks hardware.
Step 3 (optional): Fill in the holes where your hardware was placed. I did this, because I wanted to replace the original hardware. I didn’t like them. To old and they were missing screws and just was not going to compliment the new color, so I filled in the holes with wood filler. Just fill in the hole, as tightly as you can. (I did this because the distance between the screws on the old hardware was such a weird dimension and I couldn’t find anything to replace it, so I had to fill the holes and drill new ones.)
Step 4: Lay down a drop cloth, put your desk onto it, and begin painting!
I’ll spare you the step-by-step of how to paint, because I’m sure you know how to paint. 🙂
*I used a little white in the back, because I didn’t think I would have enough to cover all my desk, but I found out afterwards, I had plenty! This Reclaim Paint actually can cover a whole ton of square feet!
Step 5: Touch up. You can see in the picture above that I didn’t have quite as precise lines as I wanted, so I went back and touched up.
Step 6 (optional): Distress. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE distressed furniture and it is super simple to do. Just get a piece of sand paper and sand the sides of the furniture. Just enough to bring some of the color from underneath out. I just did enough to my liking. It can be as minimal as you want, or as maximum as you like.
Step 7: Drill holes and attach drawer hardware.
Step 8: Apply Adhesive Vinyl (or Contact Paper). I did this, because the brown desk top did NOT look good with my newly painted desk. So I bought some off of Amazon.
Step 9: Put it all together and admire the final product.
I absolutely loved using Reclaim Beyond Paint. It was super easy to use and the final product was absolutely beautiful. Great quality paint. The consistency was thicker than regular paint, but honestly, it covered a whole lot more and a little more thoroughly. It also had very low odor. So low, I almost didn’t smell a THING! It was lovely.
So if you are looking for a high quality, beautiful, easy to apply, low VOC paint…Reclaim Beyond Paint is the way to go, for sure!
Oh…remember how I said I had left over paint? I couldn’t just put away the paint brushes, so I painted my bed stand and my mirror, because they needed to match my new color schemes. *wink*
I absolutely LOVE walking into my room now. I smile every time I walk in there and stare at this awesome piece.
Now onto another project…I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.